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The Ha-Ha by Dave King
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Oct 10, 2008

really liked it
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Read in October, 2008

This book has real heart. It is a well-written and moving story of Howard, a man wounded in Vietnam who can't speak or write, and how taking care of the 9-year old son of a dear friend touches him much more than he expects.

I found in the author interview that Dave King is also a poet, and it shows in his writing. His words are well chosen and evoke a poignant response. For instance, here are a couple of sentences of a description of Howard watching the 9-year old play baseball: "Suddenly I realize how parents become idiots: for the present, my woes with Timothy and Sylvia are forgotten, and I want to call out Ryan's name, blow kisses, and make boisterous jokes 'til he turns around. ... The moment is mine, and the blue sky casts a golden light."

I also liked how the author makes us *live* the story through Howard. He doesn't go into long descriptions of why things are the way they are; we just live them through Howard's first person experiences and actions. And, it is through Howard's experiences and actions that you understand some of what he suffers.

Well worth it.
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